Release 12 brings a snazzy new launch screen, and an new territory select/generation screen. We’re getting closer to have a fully tracked career, with persistent opponents and all.
[An excellent, necessary, article](https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/d3588k/the-forgotten-story-of-the-first-black-female-wrestlers):
>Women’s wrestling was still riding high in the early 1950s and women across the country saw Burke, and no doubt her income, and wanted to follow suit—including a trio of sisters living in Columbus, Ohio. Babs Wingo was the first of the three to start training as a professional wrestler, followed by Ethel Johnson. Johnson reveals in the upcoming [documentary *Lady Wrestler*](https://www.ladywrestlermovie.com/), directed by Chris Bournea, that the two would take judo and gymnastics classes at the Columbus YMCA on top of their pro wrestling training and strength training.
Women’s wrestling, especially black women’s wrestling, is one of the least-covered topics in the genre. We can fix that. More of this please.
I’m back in the wiki game, this time it’s [The Pro Wrestling Wiki][link]. We’re going to become the one-stop shop for independent pro wrestling events, wrestlers, and history, without an agenda toward becoming advertising partners with some megacorp. Right now that means it’s me entering stuff in by hand and spinning up discrete linode servers.
[link]: https://wiki.wrestling.social “The Pro Wrestling Wiki”
RIP, Brain. He’s arguing with a gorilla in a suit right now if there’s any justice in the universe.
Source: [Legendary WWE wrestler and commentator Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan dies aged 72 after losing battle with throat cancer][link]
[link]: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4894270/WWE-wrestling-star-Bobby-Brain-Heenan-dies.html “WWE wrestling star Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan dies aged 72 | Daily Mail Online”
Just pushed a new release of my free [retro pro wrestling RPG, Rassler][link]. This one contains some small updates and an interesting, complicated, unintended consequence:
>The last bullet point, explaining the changes to the activity system, is essentially a naive implementation of drug dependency. The player needs their health to be above 0 in order to work or go out. If the player has $40 they can buy some pain killers to get them through the next match, but pain killers only provide a +6 to short-term health (and a -6 to max health, affecting their future prospects and longevity) so it is not a sustainable solution. Either the player gets lucky, and their next several matches are relatively easy and they aren’t further injured, or something bad happens and they’re rendered immobile and bankrupt in the end.
[More in the Devlog][rel].
[rel]: https://philnelson.itch.io/rassler/devlog/10124/release-8-notes-random-events-in-matches-bug-fixes “Release 8 Notes: Random events in matches, and a note about drugs”
[link]: https://philnelson.itch.io/rassler “Rassler on itch.io”
Yesterday [I posted my game, Rassler, to the pro wrestling subreddit /r/SquaredCircle][link]. They love it? It seems like they love it. I don’t know how to handle feedback this positive.
[link]: https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/6mvz9m/ive_been_working_on_this_8bit_pro_wrestling_rpg/ “/r/SquaredCircle thread”
[An excellent review and historical contextualizing][link] of Netflix’s new Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling show, by Mairead Small Staid for the Ringer.
[link]: https://theringer.com/glow-show-netflix-past-future-womens-wrestling-818b1ebe41c6 “‘GLOW’ Is the Past and the Future of Women’s Wrestling”
[Rassler][link] is a little 2D 1980s-inspired pro wrestling RPG that I’ve been developing in my spare time, using the Love2d engine. It’s free, I’ve been doing updates pretty regularly, and plan on continuing to do so. Currently only built for OS X, but Windows builds are coming soon.
[link]: http://philnelson.itch.io/rassler “Rassler”
[ESPN’s Bill Simmons on the death of a man who, for many of us, typified pro wrestling in the 1980s][link]. Hulk Hogan was always more popular, but Macho *was* wrestling in a way Hogan could never touch.
[link]: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/110524 “Bill Simmons: Macho Man brought together the die-hards, the bandwagon fans and the ’80s – ESPN”
[A well-written weekly feature][link]. Relevant to the interests of anyone who grew up watching pro wrestling. Notables covered so far: [The Junkyard Dog][jyd], [Chris Canyon][canyon], [André The Giant][andre].
[link]: http://deadspin.com/tag/deadwrestleroftheweek/ “deadwrestleroftheweek – Deadspin”
[jyd]: http://deadspin.com/5542721/dead-wrestler-of-the-week-junkyard-dog “Junkyard Dog”
[canyon]: http://deadspin.com/5512595/dead-wrestler-of-the-week-chris-kanyon “Chris Canyon”
[andre]: http://deadspin.com/5500057/dead-wrestler-of-the-week-andre-the-giant “André The Giant”